But in fact the M-43’s greatest assets are that it looks great, and is incredibly versatile. The Drake’s designed version, the D-43, adds to the coat’s utility through the use of a waxed-cotton fabric and the addition of a tweed lining made by renowned Yorkshire fabric mill Abraham Moon. You can tell that Michael Hill, Drake’s creative director, divides his time between London and Devon because the D-43 is equally well suited to town and country life. On a mild autumnal day it will sit comfortably over an oxford-cloth shirt, and on a cold day it will look just as good over a thick shetland sweater. The forest-green shade works particularly well with blue jeans, is dark enough to work with more formal grey or navy-coloured trousers, and also complements pale trousers in the form of white jeans, or classic sand-coloured chinos.
Over the last 73 years the M-43 has demonstrated incredible longevity. Expect the new D-43 to prove equally enduring.